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[bee-fee] /ˈbi fi/
adjective, beefier, beefiest.
of or like beef.
brawny; thickset; heavy.
Origin of beefy
First recorded in 1735-45; beef + -y1
Related forms
beefily, adverb
beefiness, noun Unabridged
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  • He was tall and fat with a beefy red face and large open pores and a fleshy mound of a nose.

    Exile from Space Judith Merril
  • For the outdoor girl has large hands and large arms, both of a beefy red.

    Nights in London Thomas Burke
  • A moment later the beefy good-natured face of the Base Commander appeared.

    Piper in the Woods Philip K. Dick
  • The trader thwacked his beefy hand down on Lennon's shoulder.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • She noted the contrast: Claybrook rather beefy and a bit too red of face; Joe, on the other hand, quite slim and taut.

    Stubble George Looms
British Dictionary definitions for beefy


adjective beefier, beefiest
like beef
(informal) muscular; brawny
(informal) fleshy; obese
Derived Forms
beefily, adverb
beefiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for beefy

"brawny," 1743, from beef (n.) in colloquial extended sense "human muscle" + -y (2). Related: Beefiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for beefy



Heavy-set; strong; bulky: I tried to avoid the three beefy characters just ahead/ Reborn for a new calling, the beefy bikes came to be known as ''clunkers'' (mid-1700s+ British)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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